Welcome to The Gigabit Challenge, a global business plan competition to find disruptive ideas that will turn the tech industry upside-down and change the world.

The Gigabit Challenge is focused on unique applications that are enabled by Google's first-in-the-nation 1 Gigabit Fiber network. It is a business plan competition looking for the brightest, hungriest and most passionate entrepreneur superstars who are looking to think big...with a gig.

Individuals, teams or businesses with an idea, a complete business plan, or an early-stage operating business are invited to enter for the chance to work on the first-in-the-nation Google Fiber network and a prize valued at $100,000. We hope that you will use the opportunity provided by the Google Fiber network to not only develop next-generation businesses, but to help establish an ecosystem that will cause innovation and disruptive technologies to surge throughout Kansas City and the world.

The Gigabit Challenge Advisory Board members are:

  • Erik Brynjolfsson -  Professor of Management, MIT & Director, MIT Center for Digital Business
  • Vint Cerf - Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • Robert Gunderson - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
  • Harry Kellogg - Vice-Chairman, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Philip Korn - Relationship Manager and Managing Director, First Republic Bank
  • Dan'l Lewin - Corporate Vice President of Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Microsoft
  • Robert Marcusse - President & Chief Executive Officer, Kansas City Area Development Council
  • Scott Mize - Advisor to Think Big Partners and The Gigabit Challenge (Chairman)
  • Keith Molzer - President & CEO, Balance Innovations
  • Rex Northern - Executive Director, Cleantech Open
  • Mark Radcliffe - Partner, DLA Piper
  • Mario Rosati - Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
  • Angela Tower - Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Kenny Wilk - Member, Kansas Board of Regents

Get Social During The Gigabit Challenge Finale!

We’re counting down the days until Think Big Partners hosts The Gigabit Challenge Finale on January 18 at the Kansas City Public Library (Plaza Branch).  Are you fully prepared to witness some of the coolest and most innovative startups out there?  We want you to have a dynamite experience—and share your thoughts with others online!

During The Gigabit Challenge Finale, we are encouraging attendees, contestants, judges and advisory board members to share their thoughts about the Finale on Twitter, Facebook and blogs.  Get social by using the hashtags, handles and pages below!

TWITTER

@GBChallengeKC

@ThinkBigKC

#GBFinale

#GoogleFiber

FACEBOOK

The Gigabit Challenge

Think Big Partners

BLOGS

Thank you to our bloggers and supporters! Want your blog to be added to the list?  Become a live blogger for The Gigabit Challenge Finale on January 18th!  Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Think Big Partners blog

Entrepreneurship Examiner

Kansas City Business Events Examiner

Kansas City Business News Examiner

Blog Brothers KC

Just in the Middle

Silicon Prairie News

WEBCAST

Can’t make it to the Finale? Tune into our live webcast on January 18th and see the competition live online!  On the webcast, you will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The Gigabit Challenge Finale webcast

PODCAST

Tune into our live podcast conducted by Beatnik Radio.  From 2:45 until 4:45 on January 18, six Finalists will be interviewed on Beatnik Radio immediately after they conclude their live pitches.  Get the reaction from contestants after the event at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/beatnik-radio/id469601402.   

The Gigabit Challenge Podcast by Beatnik Radio

Register to attend The Gigabit Challenge Finale here: http://gigabitchallenge.eventbrite.com/.  

Finalist Presentation Order

On January 18, The Gigabit Challenge will hold the Finale event at the Kansas City Public Library (Plaza Branch) in which the 19 selected Finalists will pitch their business plans to a panel of standout judges.  This afternoon, Scott Mize and Tyler Prochnow of Think Big Partners drew the order in which the Finalists will present:

GROUP 1
Risk Analytics, LLC
Photaic
Virtual/Real World Wallet Systems
Courthouse USA, LLC

GROUP 2
GET-GIV-GOT System Technologies
Kauzu
Green Earth Aerogel Technology
Somametric
Hong

GROUP 3
Digital City Mechanics
Strategic Office Networks, LLC
RE:Cite
Record Life

GROUP 4
Paruzia Technologies
Damascus Fortune
TiBi.tv
Voter Integrity Party
BigIris.com
SEIN Analytics & Asset Management 

Best of luck to all Finalists competing on the 18th! 

To register to attend The Gigabit Challenge Finale, please click here.  The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The Gigabit Challenge Order of Presentations to be Revealed 1:00PM on Jan. 6

Tomorrow at 1:00PM, The Gigabit Challenge will host a live webcast and will reveal the order that the 19 Gigabit Challenge Finalists will present.  The 19 Finalists will be divided into three groups.  Group 1 will present from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Group 2 from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM and Group 3 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (exact presentation times are subject to change).

To tune into The Gigabit Challenge’s live webcast and learn the order of presenters, click here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gigabitchallenge.  The webcast will start at 1:00 PM (CST) on Friday, January 6th, 2012. 

Best of luck to all Finalists!  We will see you January 18th!